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CFB Analyst Says ESPN, Big 12 Fallout Will Push Texas, Oklahoma To SEC In 2022

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The Big 12 is not happy with ESPN. They made that abundantly clear on Wednesday when the conference sent a “cease and desist” letter, demanding that the sports network end any and all actions that could harm the Big 12 and its members.

Apparently, the Big 12 believes that ESPN is trying to urge other conferences to take on the remaining members soon after Texas and Oklahoma officially join the SEC. This breakdown of the relationship between the two parties could have ripple effects too.

In fact, Barrett Sallee, a college football analyst for CBS Sports, thinks stuff is about to get real. On Thursday morning, he tweeted:

“It is now abundantly clear that Texas and Oklahoma will play in the SEC next fall. This whole ESPN thing will accelerate the hell out of this process.”

There has been speculation from the beginning that the Longhorns and Sooners would figure out a way to make the jump from the Big 12 to the SEC well before the grant of media rights ends in 2025. This latest development only furthers that suspicion, even pushing it as a soon as 2022.

We’re quickly finding out that what’s happening off the field is going to have a much bigger impact than anything that happens on it this upcoming season. Watching the legal battles unfold will be fascinating and certainly worth monitoring.

Stay tuned.


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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. I love the obvious analysis…what’s next? The B1G and the ACC will duke it out for Notre Dame? The PAC12 are gonna have to figure a way out to stay relevant? Go to @thefootballvets for exactly how it will all play out. We have a crystal ball that actually works.

  2. I’m curious exactly *how* he assumes that UT and OU will play in the SEC next year absent B12 consent. The B12 would get a TRO immediately.

    Money caused this issue, and it is gonna take $$$ to fix it for the B12 members that are left behind.

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